City hopes for an affordable option this time around

Revised plans for the new West Linn police station are officially out for bid as the city tries for a second time to find a suitable contractor for the project.

The bids are due Aug. 13, and city officials are hopeful that alterations to the building’s plan will attract offers more in line with its $5 million construction budget. The lowest bid when the process began earlier in the summer came in at $5.9 million — too high for the city to accept.

In response, Project Manager Bob Galante went back to the drawing board in search of a way to cut costs. When bidding opened for the revised plans, the sally port addition to the station had been eliminated and certain bidding restrictions were removed to allow more prospective contractors into the process.

Galante has also looked into changing some of the office furniture as a cost-saving measure. “Depending on the bids we receive on the 13th, we will be ready with suggested changes,” Galante wrote in an email to city officials.

In all, the revised drawings from the city’s contracted architecture firm, Group Mackenzie, will cost about $27,000, according to Galante.

Four of the five original bidders will vie once again for the contract, and a pre-bid meeting on July 17 also attracted a number of new contractors.

The new building will be located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 13th Street and was originally targeted for completion in late spring of 2014. This delay has the project about two months behind schedule.

The project is the result of an $8.5 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in November of 2011. The West Linn Planning Commission approved the necessary conditional use permits for the project during its meeting on Feb. 20.

The current police station was built in 1936, and, according to Police Chief Terry Timeus, it is no longer equipped to serve the department adequately.

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